As I recorded the first two chapters of this book, I felt grabbed by its paranormal theme. I appreciate the boldness of the main character as she learns to honor the relationship that she develops with the previous owner of her Sussex farm — who is deceased. It made me ponder my own openness to interacting with people who are no longer “here”.
“she blooms forth as the peacock and bird of paradise, in poignant reversal of nature’s laws, even wearing masculine feathers to further her feminine ends.”
The author introduced the idea of anthrocentrism in 1911 with this book. I found this chapter to be amusing as the author explored the ideas of masculine and feminine practices and characteristics being inborn, natural, and unique to each sex. She emphasizes that we are all more human than we are either masculine or feminine.
“Edith had rolled herself up into a soft ball of muslin and ribbon, and silken curls, and gone off into a peaceful little after-dinner nap.” — from Chapter 1, North and South, by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.
“The first chapter of a book is often the hook to draw a reader in. It could make you eager for more or realize it isn’t for you.” Lynne T of LibriVox
The characters in the first chapter of North and South drew me in. This story gives us a glimpse of conditions for several social classes in 19th century Victorian Sussex England.